Wilma Rudolph

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Wilma Rudolph

Tragically, on November 12, 1994, Rudolph lost the fight to brain cancer at age 54 in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Wilma Rudolph

"Fastest woman in the world..."

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1994

History

Even after retiring from the Olympics, Rudolph still went on to become a teacher and a track coach.

As seen in the picture to the left, Rudolph had polio as a child, causing her to severely damage her leg. She had to wear a metal leg brace for several years. She secretly took it off several times.

Wilma was born June 23, 1940. She was a premature birth, at only 4 1/2 pounds. She was born to Ed and Blanche Rudolph, as well as being the 20th of 22 children in St. Bethlahem, Tennessee.

Birth of Rudolph

Wilma broke the all-time record for the 100, 200, and 4x100 meter relay in the same olympics, the 1960 Rome Olympics Below is her breaking the alltime record for the 100 meter in 11.0 seconds.


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